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UTA Police Department honored for National Night Out event

UTA PD Assistant Chief Glen Cole poses with students at UTA's 2016 National Night Out event.

The University of Texas at Arlington and the UTA Police Department have been recognized by the National Association of Town Watch for their participation in the National Night Out campaign. UTA is one of only five colleges or universities to receive the honor.

All five collegiate award winners are from Texas. According to NATW, National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote relationships between neighborhoods and law-enforcement. 

This is the fifth consecutive year that UTA has been recognized for its National Night Out efforts.

UTA Police Capt. Mike McCord said UTA’s ability to establish and advance partnerships, both on campus and off, was key to the success of the event.

“We’re able to provide important public safety information and have meaningful interactions with the UTA community all while enjoying food and fun,” said McCord. 

A student strikes a smile with UTA PD Captain Mike McCord at the 2016 National Night Out event, held annually on UTA's campus.

UTA’s National Night Out celebration is held annually on the first Tuesday in October. This year’s event included over 15 community sponsors, a food drive benefitting Mission Arlington, door prizes and mini-games and approximately 1,500 attendees.

The UTA Police Department is known for using innovative platforms to reach students and the community. In October, the department was recognized by the UT System as the 2016 Pacesetter Police Department of the Year. 

This summer, the department collaborated with University Communications to produce a safety video for students playing Pokémon GO. The video received over 109,000 views on Facebook

 About The University of Texas at Arlington 

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution of about 55,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at

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